Last Updated: 06/02/13 9:16pm
Soulamana saves Agyemang-Badu's penalty kick to the right to book the Stallions' place in the final with one of the upset results of the tournament.
Long ball forward for Bance, who turns and wraps his foot around the ball to fire home on target, only for Asamoah's well-placed boot denying the Stallions at the death to take the match to the dreaded penalty shoot-out.
Great opportunity as Atsu whips the ball in from the left for Gyan's header to skim just wide of goal.
Drama in the latter stages of this clash as Pitroipa receives a second yellow card for simulation after going down off Boye's tackle. Such a key player for the Stallions and how tragic he'll play no further part in the competition, whether it be in the final or the third-place encounter.
Ghana commit players forward on attack, and Burkina Faso look to exploit the gaps. Koulibaly ultimately looks to place the ball and strike it with some power, only for Dauda to push the ball over the top-bar.
Bance, again, with the chance to seal things up, but Dadau pads the ball out. Moments later, and Bance fires in again, but a well-placed Afful denies Burkina Faso the lead with a goal-line clearance.
The extended game is taking it's toll as Gyan goes down to receive treatment, although another altercation with Koulibaly may have also had something to do with it.
Pitroipa sets up Bance with another decent chance inside the box from the right, but once again the towering striker squanders his effort on goal.
Atsu still full of running as he tries to breakaway for Ghana from the back as Burkina Faso initially looked dangerous from a left-sided corner-kick.
Burkina Faso's excitement at Nakoulma's effort finding the back of the net, but the goal is disallowed with the striker having ruled to have had his boot too high challenge for the ball with Dadau rushing out.
A rare defensive lapse between Boye and Vorsah at the back allows Bance to carry the ball towards goal with only Dadau to beat, but the Stallions ace fires his shot into the stands.
A sudden burst of energy from Asamoah on the left, a sharp step-over to beat his man before delivering a ball to the far post for Gyan, but the skipper just wasn't in position to meet the cross.
Another good chance for Burkina Faso, Kakary Kone flying on the corner only for his header to sail over the bar.
The Stallions still looking good going forward, Bance and Nakoulma working in tandem, but there must be some tired legs out there on both sides.
Afful goes for goal from a tight angle, Soulama having tip the ball over his crossbar to deny the Black Stars the advantage on the scoreboard.
Saidou Panandetiguiri on the breakaway, only to lose his footing in the sandy turf and sees the ball get away form him.
Gyan receives the ball inside the area and turns, but he goes to ground in search of a spot-kick with referee clearly not interested.
A tired free-kick effort from Wakaso, who sends the ball over his players and into touch with the scores deadlocked and 30 minutes of added time needed to hopefully decide the outcome.
Koffi prays to the heavens as he is stretchered from the pitch, with Henri Traore introduced at this late stage.
Good running from Djakaridja Kone towards goal, and then finding Bance, but the latter is dispossessed as the Stallions' latest opportunity goes a-begging.
The Black Stars do their outmost to bulge the back of Soulama's net, Atsu's low drive towards the bottom right corner the closest chance with the keeper getting down low to make a telling save.
Burkina Faso finding openings in Ghana's defence but just can't find the finishing to make their ascendency count.
Kabore to the back post from a free-kick where Bance waits, but the goalscorer drifts out of touch trying to keep the ball in play.
Gyan rises high for Wakaso's corner-kick from the right, his effort just wide of the right corner, but Paul Koulibaly's presence may have put him off.
Chance for Atsu with the youngster through into the box, but he struggles to stay on his feet and control the ball to allow the cover defence to clear the danger.
Bance's shot from the set-piece has the power but not the accuracy, his effort from range streaming off to the right of goal.
Afful's ball from the right towards the back post misses everyone, although Gyan could've maybe have stuck out diving boot.
Pitriopa looks to be away as he controls a long ball forward, but the Stallions flyer is adjudged to have handled the ball onto his chest.
John Boye with a goal-saving tackle on Nakoulma as the Stallions dangerman looked to cut into the box and get on goal from the left. Moments later, and Pitriopa fires in wide of goal when he really should've done better.
Atsu tries to tease his way through on the edge of the box on the right, but it's Burkina Faso who look ever more dangerous now that they're back on level terms.
GOAL! The Stallions back in the game as the Bance finally delivers in this tournament, the big man converting from the edge of the box with ease after Florent Rouamba's pass set him up.
Gyan with the chance to finish the Stallions off as he strides into the box to meet Atsu's ball from the left, but the former's right-footed shot agonisingly strikes the woodwork.
Burkina Faso with the lions' share of possession and are pushing hard down the flanks with Pitriopa slaving away trying to beat the formable presence of Isaac Vorsah.
Bance's well-struck header looks to have creeped in under the crossbar as the Stallions scream for the goal to be given, but Dadau's hand was on the ball to prevent it from crossing the line.
Pitriopa with a decent run down the right flank, his deep ball to the far post for Nakoulma headed out into touch.
Derek Boateng comes for the Black Stars in Kwesi Appiah's first change of the match, Rabiu withdrawn as he's still feeling the effects of a blow to the head in the first stanza.
Great weaving effort Atsu down the left culminates in a corner-kick form the left for Ghana, but the West African giants fail to capitalise fro the set-piece.
Bance and Nakoulma combine up front once again with quick interchanges between the two, but the final ball strike on goal alludes them as the referee blows for half-time.
Nakoulma once more on the ball with the Stallions pushing up field strongly in pursuit of the equaliser, but his dispossessed before he can a shot away.
Good cut-back from Asante from the right finds Atsu, but confusion between him and Gyan inside the Burkina Faso box sees the Blacks Stars blow another opportunity to extend their lead.
After some good work from Asamoah along the deadball line, Asante receives the ball in the box but fluffs his effort royally when he fires wide.
The Stallions push up yet again, to allow Nakoulma another chance to level matters, but his strike from the left this time is wide the mark.
Agyemang-Badu goes down the box looking for another penalty for Ghana after Bakary Kone flirts with danger with a sloppy tackle, the Ghanaians looking a little better going forward.
Nakoulma, again, pounces on a ball down the middle of the park with the Stallions ace holding off his marker to create space to shoot from out in front, but he blazes his effort well over the crossbar.
Asamoah Gyan breaks away down the right after an excellent through ball down the wide channel, but with only Soulama to beat, the Ghana skipper fires his tight shot straight at the keeper.
Swift one-two between Nakoulma and Bance allows the latter to burst away and then get his shot off, but it's a tad rushed and sails well off target.
Good strike from Harrison Afful from range, the full-back giving himself room to shoot that forces a half-stop from Soulama, who gathers on the second grasp.
First yellow card of the match is shown to Mohammed Rabiu for bringing down Prejuce Nakoulma illegally out on the right.
Despite being a goal a behind, the Stallions look the more attacking of the two teams as the Black Stars are having to do a lot of defending at the back.
Emmanuel Agyemang-Badu comes in from deep to run on to a good ball down the right and then take a crack at the near post, only to find the side-netting.
The Black Stars look to double their lead with immediate effect, Atsu with shot at the near post but it's straight into Abdoulaye Soulama's hands.
Solomon Asante takes to the field and his first job will defending a Burkina Faso corner-kick as a bitterly disappointed Paintsil is stretchered from the field.
A potentially huge set-back as John Paintsil goes down clutching his right hamstring as he chased down Saidou Panandetiguiri down the left flank.
The Black Stars struggling to clear their lines as Bance and Jonathan Pitroipa make the charge on goal for the Stallions.
First run from Christian Atsu from the left flank, the Ghanaian attacker's little run brought short, while at the other end, Aristide Bance fancies a shot on goal to send the ball wide to the left.
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Burkina Faso are rated at 4/1 to beat Ghana today according to our friends at Sky Bet, while the Black Stars are 10/11 to book their spot in the final two. Christian Atsu is 5/2 to score first, and 8/1 to score a brace. The Ghanaians are also 13/8 to win the AFCON tournament outright.
The Black Stars, who have been steadily improving with each match, earned their last-four place with 2-0 victory over Cape Verde, having finished top of Group A which included an opening day 2-2 draw with the Democratic Republic of Congo, a narrow 1-0 win over Mali and a 3-0 defeat of Niger.
The surface of the World Cup stadium has been poor from the start of the tournament, but the Stallions have made it their home, holding Nigeria to a 1-1 draw before thrashing Ethiopia 4-0 and drawing 0-0 with previous winners Zambia. They then saw off Togo 1-0 in extra-time of their quarter-final clash on Sunday where Jonathan Pitroipa scored a 104th-minute winner.